You can experience the joy of Part One here. All I will say is that I hope the MacArthur “genius grant” people are viewing this and the previous post: letters should be sent out now. I won’t share their addresses, but the three superb creators of Melody and Swing are Tim Laughlin (clarinet), New Orleans; Kris Tokarski (piano), the same city; Hal Smith (drums), Searcy, Arkansas.
For the second part of the musical offering, here are two songs by Hoagy Carmichael. The first has a glorious Louis Armstrong connection — both on disc and on film. The second is a mournful poem in praise of the Crescent City, and the first recording of it I know features a young Jimmy Rushing with the Bennie Moten band. Heroic antecedents, I would say.
and NEW ORLEANS, with the verse no one does:
And this just in. My phone made a peculiar sound. There was a text from a private number — a huge smiling emoticon with the initials H.C. beneath it. I take that as a celestial vote of confidence!
I don’t think I have to reiterate what a glorious time I had at the 2016 Evergreen Jazz Festival. The music, as they say, speaks for itself. And there’s more to come.
May your happiness increase!